Alumni Updates: Spring 2013
Neal Bartl ’12 is on the pre-med track at Sewanee with plans to major in Biology. He is currently in an EMT-1 Class where he rides with paramedics twelve hours a week.
Sawyer Bowman '11 has declared a double major in Computer Science and Spanish along with a Chemistry minor at Bowdoin College. He will be a Resident Advisor again next year, as well as a tour guide for the Admissions Office. Sawyer was named to the NESCAC All-Academic team in cross country and indoor track this past year.
Paulina Campbell '12 helped the Grinnell College cross country team to an 8th place finish out of 28 teams in the NCAA Division III Midwest regional championships. She has been volunteering and observing in a 2nd grade classroom at a local elementary school.
Cassidy Coutinho '12 led the Belmont Abbey College soccer team to a conference championship and a win in the first round of the NCAA Division II regional tournament. A highlight of the season was playing UNC-Charlotte, a very talented D1 school, on a beautiful field in an amazing stadium. This spring semester has been filled with lots of papers, bio labs, philosophical talks about the meaning of truth, and late night cram sessions. Cassidy is considering a major in Psychology.
Graeme Earle ’11 recently conducted an independent research project towards his Biology major at Kenyon College. He studied interactions between black vultures and turkey vultures at large carrion.
Kathleen Elkins '10 is on the pre-med track at Williams College. After studying abroad in Spain in the fall, she helped to lead the Ephs’ tennis team to their sixth straight NCAA Division III national championship this spring. She won 21 singles matches this year without losing any!
Darius Knott ’11 has declared a major in Computer Science at Lenior-Rhyne University.
Joseph Moran ’12 is considering a major in Chemistry at UNC-Wilmington.
Dana Neidinger ’12 is the president and founder of the Carleton College origami club, and she designs spreads for The Lens, Carleton's student-produced biannual magazine. Next year, she will lead one of two handbell choirs on Carleton's campus, and this spring, she arranged a piece for the choir. She is considering a math major with a cognitive science concentration. She participates in problem solving activities, and competed in the annual Konhauser problemfest, featuring teams from seven schools in Minnesota.
Terin Patel-Wilson ’11 has decided to be a Computer Science major at Yale University. He's also a member of TEDxYale, an organization that hosts a TED conference once a year on Yale's campus; teaches health education to New Haven high schoolers through the Community Health Educators organization; and is the Articles Editor for the Yale Scientific Magazine. He hopes to study abroad in the Fall 2013 semester.
Tori Rinker ’12 is majoring in Molecular Biology at Princeton University and anticipates starting Arabic in the fall. This term, she enjoyed her class entitled "Visions of Transformation: Religious and Secular" where they read theories about religion (Pascal, Hume, Marx). She writes that “we watched Daughters of the Dust. It immediately took me back to my sophomore year at Woodlawn when we watched and discussed the film in English class.”
Sophia Spach ’11, Elon University, spent the spring semester studying in Costa Rica including classes in Spanish, Spanish Literature, Environmental Science, and a class about traditions and rituals of Tico families. She traveled around the country and to Nicaragua as well. This summer she will be working at a camp in NC for people with autism.
Sayre Weir ’11, Middlebury College, will be studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina this fall as part of her International and Global Studies major focusing on Latin America, Political Science, and Spanish. She is a member of the JV soccer team, a Spanish tutor, and she teaches a few different yoga classes on campus. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, biking, exploring Vermont, making creative, delicious paninis in the dining hall with friends, and occasionally catching up on sleep.
Kathleen Elkins '10: Woodlawn Reflection
On June 8, 2010, I stood in front of my family, friends, teachers, and peers on the Stinson Hall porch to present my graduation speech and receive my High School diploma. Not an emotional person by nature, I surprised myself when tears began to form in my eyes – tears of happiness, excitement, nostalgia, and appreciation. I remember feeling so moved when these tears and goose bumps – these uncontrollable, physical responses – arrived, because they showed me how significant a moment this was and how significant of a role each and every person at the graduation played in my life.
Chad Raines '10: Why Woodlawn?
It was a little over five years ago that I came to Woodlawn. I was a traumatized eighth grader, having just recently left my first -- and only -- year of public school. Woodlawn had two upperclassmen at the time, Tyler Web and Blade Cruickshank, and that was it. Ninth grade was the farthest the school had gotten. I had no doubt, though, that Woodlawn was where I would graduate at that time, although I had no idea how that might occur. And now that I am a freshman here at St. John’s College of Annapolis, Maryland I find myself regaling others with stories of my old school. But one question that comes up now and again is simply, why Woodlawn? And as parents of students who even now look forward and judge whether they wish to continue on at Woodlawn -- indeed, the same situation I found myself in, so few years ago -- it is a question you will find yourself asking. Why Woodlawn?